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A MODIFICATION OF THE USGA "RULES OF GOLF"
Modifications for Blind Golfers
Rule 8-1 (Advice)
In view of the Definition of "Coach," it is suggested that Rule 8-1 be modified as follows:
A player shall not give advice to anyone in the competition except his partner. A player may ask for advice from only his partner, either of their caddies or, if applicable, their coaches.
Rule 13-4b (Grounding Club in Hazard) - The following additional Exception under Rule 13-4 is suggested:
Rule 16-1f (Position of Caddie or Partner) - Due to the complexities involved in aligning a blind golfer on the putting green, it may be difficult or unreasonable to expect the blind golfer and his coach to comply with Rule 16-1f. Therefore, there should be no penalty if a player's coach positions himself on or close to an extension of the line of putt behind the ball during a stroke played from the putting green provided the coach does not assist the player in any other manner during the stroke.
However, given the intent of Rule 16-lf, it may be appropriate to prohibit a coach who is simultaneously functioning as a double caddie from remaining in a position which contravenes this Rule.
For more information regarding these rules contact the USGA:
P.O. Box 708
Far Hills, NJ 07931-0708
tel: 908-234-2300 fax: 908-234-9867
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